When choosing housing for terrarium animals, not only does it need to be appropriate for their species, it also has to be escape-proof. We’ll tell you what to look out for so that your reptiles and their live food won’t run away.
When buying your terrarium you need to consider whether your pets will be able to break out of it. Choose the characteristics and size of the reptile house according to the needs of its future inhabitants. Pay special attention to terraria with sliding door systems as the gap between the doors can prove to be quite problematic. Small lizards and snakes can easily escape through it. Not only that, live food such as crickets and flies will disappear through the slight gap between the doors even more regularly than your terrarium pets do. House crickets in particular can create a real plague in your home as they are able to survive in cooler temperatures in the house for long periods of time and they hold “concerts” at night.
If you do decide to buy a terrarium with a sliding door system, be aware of the size of the gap. The smaller the opening, the smaller the risk of an escape. The Maxi Zoo experts recommend systems where the two panes of glass snap into place when closed, completely sealing the gap. Alternatively, even though it’s not quite as attractive, the gap can be sealed with adhesive tape.
It’s also a good idea to mark both panes with an adhesive dot, making sure they are both positioned directly on top of each other. In this way you can quickly see if the panes aren’t completely closed. Maxi Zoo Experts also advise routinely locking the terrarium with a terrarium lock. To prevent your pets from making a break for it, you should always check to see if any of the terrarium’s inhabitants are close to the glass before opening it. If you do happen to let one of your terrarium animals loose in the room, don’t panic. As a first step, the experts suggest fully opening the terrarium. There’s a small chance that the animal will be enticed back in by the food and warmth. Obviously this only works if there are no other animals in the terrarium, otherwise you run the risk of the other animals escaping.
To avoid any potential outings and the live food breeding, we recommend:
• Only using adult animals where possible
• Making sure there are no unwanted damp areas in the terrarium where crickets and house crickets can lay their eggs
• Where possible, counting the live food first before feeding your pets
You should also make sure that the live food is the right size. Adult live food that is too large is generally not effective.
To play it safe, be more selective when choosing the live food and only buy types that require certain conditions to reproduce. This way, even if they do happen to slip out of the terrarium, you won’t have a plague on your hands.
Call into your local store today to discuss your reptile’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.